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Introduction to the People of the Sun The sun is a visible astronomical fact - the one immutable fact of existence the source of all life on earth It journeys overhead from east to west by day dips into darkness and by night travels underground west to east to rise triumphantly again at dawn - the start of a new day Waters 203 The sun has been the focal point of energy and worship in many cultures throughout the world The Aztecs were one culture that used the light of the sun to triumph over the Central Valley of Mexico The Aztecs were indeed the people of the sun The Aztecs rotated their lives and structured their society around the spirit of the sun In respect of the Aztec origin this paper will center its interpretations around the rays of the sun The sun seems to be the root from which the Aztec culture grew and produced Warfare and human sacrifice provided the function of replenishing that root The first section of this paper will illustrate three myths centered around the sun The proceeding section will show how these myths helped structure the Aztec society I Myths Of The Aztecs In order to understand the Aztec civilization as a whole it is necessary to look at the role myths played in developing and maintaining the Aztec way of life Myths are a mixture of historical fact and fiction which can be used to explain the structure of social and political organization and the significance of warfare and human sacrifice among the Aztecs Myths will provide a gateway into the complexities of the Aztec way of life Smith raises an important point in that the Aztecs had a number of different even contradictory myths describing the creation of the world the gods and its people 205 There are indeed numerous myths that can be interpreted as being the reason why the
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